By: Rebecca Lubin
BMHS Pridetime Reporter
Students at Brien McMahon High School have seen sticky notes on both the girls and boys bathroom doors that read, If you feel that you belong here then you belong. According to the CYL club they are not apart of the sticky notes being posted all over the school, neither is any of the administration or student government at McMahon.
An anonymous student has been going around the school posting sticky notes all over the bathroom doors.
Although some students liked the idea of having transgender bathrooms others disagreed. Sources who decided to remain anonymous express their opinions as disgusting and uncomfortable.
Other students who also decided to remain anonymous explain their thoughts about the transgender bathrooms. “I don’t really understand why everyone is making this a big deal if someone has a penis they should use the boy's bathroom. Why is it an issue, it was never that serious.”
Mr. Kane, an English teacher at McMahon says, “I think it's a great idea, I can’t imagine what it would be like, the awkwardness and uncomfortableness, for a student going through something like that, they should feel comfortable to use the bathrooms.”
In 2013, Coy Mathis a transgender first-grade girl who was born a boy, fought for her rights to use the girl's bathroom at her school in Fountain, Colorado. CNN says, “Coy’s parents had taken her case to the commission after the district said she could no longer use the girls’ bathroom at Eagleside Elementary School.
In issuing the decision, the state’s rights said keeping the ban in place creates an environment that is subjectively hostile, intimidating or offensive. CNN also stated, “The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund praised the ruling that was filled under Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act.”
Michael Silverman, the group's executive director, called the ruling a high water mark for transgender rights. Earlier this year, in February, the Charlotte city council voted 7-4 to approve legal protections for the LGBT people.
The bill aimed to prohibit business, bars, restaurants, stores, and taxis from discriminating against gay or transgender customers, Amber Phillips from the Washington Post stated.
In February of 2017, Governor Malloy signed an executive order protecting transgender students in Connecticut schools. “Every child, no matter their gender identity or expression, should be treated equally and fairly in a safe, supportive environment,” Malloy says.
Brien Mcmahon High School is currently in the process of getting transgender bathrooms for their transgender students. For now, they are able to use the bathroom in the nurse’s office.
“We are purchasing stickers to identify bathrooms throughout the building that transgender students may use.” Assistant principal, Dr. Allen says. “If we get the transgender bathrooms, Mcmahon would be the first school in Norwalk to do so.”